John Fay had a very interesting conversation with Walt Jocketty; here’s the relevant portion:

Asked if Stubbs is the center fielder for 2010, Jocketty said:

“I think based on what we’ve seen,” Jocketty said, “we have to give him that opportunity. We’ll see how he finishes up this year and what happens over the winter. But he’s given us a strong indication that he might be able to do that. He’s had a long test.”

If that’s the case, Willy Taveras becomes a very expensive ($4 million) extra outfielder.

This shouldn’t be as difficult as it is going to be, I can tell you that.